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August 27, 2021 edition of the BGPS Bulletin: Highlighting the great things happening in Battle Ground Public Schools
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Battle Ground schools welcome incoming students



Middle and primary schools across the Battle Ground school district welcomed parents and students this week for open houses; a chance for the children to meet with their new teachers (and vice versa), check out classrooms, and learn their way around. Despite a rare bit of rain, hundreds of people turned out on Thursday, Aug. 26. Students were greeted with smiling faces, school mascots, treats, and a few fun activities to try. Battle Ground Public Schools will welcome students back for full in-person learning starting on Wednesday, Sept. 1, and we're eager to see all of our students back for another year!

Back to School Checklist


Our Back to School Checklist for 2021-22 is now posted online. It includes information on school schedules, the yearly calendar, bus service, the new Right At School before/after school care being offered this year, school supply lists, and updated health and safety requirements from the Washington Department of Health for the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. There is also information on student meals, which will be free for all students this school year, as well as possible reduced fees for other school activities for families who qualify for free/reduced meals. There is also information on student technology, and other important information, so be sure to give it a read.

 

BGPS’ Board of Directors conducted a regular board meeting on Aug. 23. Highlights from this meeting are in this week's BG Board, Briefly. Archived video of board meetings is now available on the district website. The next regular board meeting will be held on Sept. 13 at 6 p.m. 
 

Local employers honored for work with Battle Ground students


Andrew Muonio and Anita Paso of Prairie Electric pose alongside Battle Ground schools CTE Director Cindy Arnold (left)

A key part of Battle Ground Public Schools' award-winning Career and Technical Education program is work-based learning, which provides opportunities for many students to receive on-the-job training in addition to their ongoing education.

At the recent Washington Association for Career and Technical Education (WA-ACTE) summer conference, two local employers were honored for their part in helping Battle Ground students through the district's work-based learning program. Prairie Electric was honored with the Washington Association for Career Counseling and Employment Readiness (WA-CCER) outstanding employer award of merit for community service.

Michael Bolsoy, Prairie Electric's head of personnel manpower, said the program is "helping to build America." 

"Young minds help keep us young," added Anita Paso who helps to coordinate the program with the district. "It is astounding how quickly the students become such a help. Their energy and vitality is phenomenal. They learn from us, but we also learn from them."

The other company honored was Tapani, Inc., which allows high school students to work through their internship program, often going on to careers in the construction industry after they graduate. Tapani was awarded the WA-ACTE business-education partnership award. Both companies were recognized at the Aug. 23 Board of Directors meeting.

Staff price increase for lunch at school


The US Department of Agriculture has announced that the price for an adult lunch at school will increase slightly to $4.75. More information about purchasing adult meals at school is available in a flyer (PDF) available at this link.

Join the BGPS team!

Many positions are available now. Teacher positions are open throughout the district including kindergarten teachers, health and fitness, special education, and more. Basic Education assistants are also needed throughout the district in a number of specialties. Special Education Assistant (baseload) positions are also open across the district.  Para-educators are needed for math at Prairie and Battle Ground high schools. There are also school psychologist positions open, as well as a guidance counselor, instructional coach and a prevention/intervention specialist. CAM Academy is seeking a school health assistant. The district also needs a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN). A Library Technician spot is open at Chief Middle School, and a registrar at River HomeLink. The football team at Battle Ground High School is still looking for an assistant coach, while Community Education is in need of referee/support staff.  Several swing shift custodial positions are also available, as well as a maintenance employee with a specialty in HVAC work. Visit the district's Jobs web page to see our full list of job openings and to apply.

Child care workers
Battle Ground Public Schools' new before and after school care provider, Right at School, is looking for full and part-time workers. Contact Darcie Torres at darcie.torres@rightatschool.com if you are interested, or visit Right at School career page for more details and job descriptions.

Bus Drivers
BGPS' new transportation provider, First Student, is also in need of bus drivers
. For more details on First Student driving careers, including sign-on bonuses starting at $1,500, visit https://bit.ly/2SAWfqi.  
District
  • BGPS Board of Directors'
    • Monday, September 13, 6 p.m. (Regular meeting)
  • First day of school, Wednesday, Sept. 1
    • School start/end times:
      • High Schools and CAM Academy: 7:55 a.m.–2:25 p.m.
      • Middle schools: 8:10 a.m.–2:40 p.m. (Amboy: 7:45 a.m.–2:15 p.m.)
      • Primary schools: 9:10 a.m.–3:40 p.m.
  • No school on Monday, Sept. 6 (Labor Day)
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